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We drive innovative research worldwide and promote public awareness about Alzheimer's disease, risk factors, treatments, and coping strategies.

Alzheimer's Disease Research (BrightFocus Foundation)

Every 65 seconds, someone in the United States develops Alzheimer’s disease. The goal of Alzheimer's Disease Research is to advance groundbreaking research to better understand, treat, and prevent Alzheimer's. Since 1985, we have awarded nearly $120 million for bold, novel ideas thanks to dedicated supporters. Our Scientific Review Committee, made up of some of the best researchers and doctors in the world, vet and select innovative projects for funding. 

Due to the success in marketing Alzheimer's Disease Research to potential candidates, the applicant pools for funding have steadily increased in numbers and quality. Two of our former grantees, Paul A. Greengard and Stanley B. Pruisner, have gone on to receive Nobel Prizes for advancing the understanding of the human brain and Alzheimer's disease. 

In addition to funding critical research, we offer free educational materials in English and Spanish to the public, patients, and those who care for them. Alzheimer's Disease Research provides news and research results to thousands of people each year through mail, social media, email messaging, and our website,

Examples include:

  • A broad series of brochures, booklets, fact sheets, and resource lists available for download on our website and for distribution via mail
  • Expert articles are emailed and published on, covering topics of concern to those with Alzheimer’s 
  • Newsletters with the latest research updates mailed to our supporters

Importantly, our staff answers thousands of questions from the public via phone, print, and email correspondence. This service gives personal support that people affected by Alzheimer's disease desperately need. 

We are committed to transparency and fiscal responsibility. We are one of only 75 nonprofits, out of over 30,000 in Maryland, to hold the Maryland Nonprofits’ Standards for Excellence accreditation. Significantly, we meet all 20 standards for charity accountability and have been approved by the Wise Giving Alliance of the Better Business Bureau. We have also earned the Platinum Seal of Transparency, GuideStar’s highest level of recognition.

Alzheimer's Disease Research is convinced that the best way to fight this currently irreversible disease is through scientific research and increased public awareness. We need your help to stop Alzheimer’s from destroying the precious memories of your loved ones. Please consider a gift to Alzheimer's Disease Research today.